Look up the word “utility” in the American Heritage Dictionary, and you’ll find the following: used, serving or working in several capacities as needed. And when it comes to boats, that can be a tall order.
Stout. It’s a profound word, short and to the point. Beer or boat, it doesn’t just describe something brave and bold or staunch and sturdy. It also expresses an attitude, something like “ready for everything, afraid of nothing.”
In 1960 Cornelius “Connie” Ray teamed with college friend Arch Mehaffey in a fiberglass boatbuilding venture. They took over an existing builder — Carr Craft, which also made fiberglass coffins — moved into an abandoned potato warehouse in Oxford, Michigan, and got to work.
It’s 2:30 a.m. when a ringing phone jolts a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer awake. A 25-foot cuddy with five adults aboard has run into a jetty off Deale, Maryland. He’s told to respond; there are critical injuries and fatalities.
More and more European-built boats are making their way to U.S. waters, and you may have noticed some design traits that many of them share. For starters, wide-open interior layouts that unite the saloon, helm and galley areas are a common theme, as are glass deckhouse doors aft that make for easy passage to the cockpit and swim platform. “Sunroof-style” powered overhead hatches and large hull-side windows often flood the deckhouse and staterooms with natural light.
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